Sunday, 2 November 2014

Bonbon Watch (white & gold) by Alexandra

Today, I'm blogging my second Bonbon watch (almost a year after my last one).

The Bonbon watches first appeared in 1989. It was started by Alexandra Pisarz who aimed to design a cute watch, and the first store was in Disneyland Paris. The brand also entered the Japanese market with the story being that it was the flight attendants from JAL and ANA who recommended them to become in-flight sales goods before Alexandra Japan was founded in March 2000. Now, it is easier to find the Japanese site than anything from France.

The Bonbon watches are designed with a round clear ring around the face which is meant to be reminiscent of candy. This case is made of acrylic and plexiglass to make it hard wearing while inside is a Swiss quartz movement (which can be seen through the transparent back). The Alexandra brand is based in Paris (with Alexandra Paris written at the base of the dial), and the watches are hand finished in France.

There are several different ranges of Bonbon watch, and this is another from the Standard range. As with the earlier post, this one doesn't appear on the website anymore. I'd guess that this is therefore a 2000s model, but it's likely it would have been sold at a similar price to the current Standard models (¥13,000 to ¥15,000).

The design is a simple round 3 hand dial in white with a gold trim. It has hour markers at the 6, 9, and 12 o'clock positions only, with a date window at the 3 o'clock position.

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